Creating Through Bad Ideas

Play bad notes and rhythms.

Write bad blogs.

Publish poor podcasts.

Do all the creative stuff you wanna do so that you see what’s good and what isn’t.  Nothing is going to get better unless you’re working through the bad ideas as well.

Create through the bad ideas.  I’ve played drums on about 6 albums.  There are some really bad tracks and moments.  This year, I’m recording a live album.  I’m more confident recording BECAUSE of the previous bad performances.

I’ve posted over 300 blogs.  Many of them aren’t very good.  But they’re getting better and I’m weeding out bad ways of writing, bad themes to focus on, and better ways to frame ideas.

Safety and trust

Working on creating safety and trust primes us for deeper work and living.

We can’t confront others or work towards our goals without any collateral trust building.

We will accomplish more and get our ideas heard when there is trust building.

When meeting new people, I’d propose we listen and build trust first, THEN offer suggestions and observations.

People need to know that you’re for and with them before you inform them.

Longing for Greatness

We have a fire inside of us that longs for greatness.  We want to be special, make a mark in this world, be famous, and do great things.  This is the divine fire inside of us that God has implanted in our depths.

We also have to remember what we’re capable of:  hatred, envy, power mongering, abuse.

Giving expression to the deep longings in us and also recognizing our limitations is hard work.  At times, there is a growing awareness of being in the flow of divine fire, living out of our gifts/talents/passions.  And then without notice, the insipid darkness knocks at the door and reminds us that we less than divine.  A sharp tongue that cuts someone.  An act of impulse that leaves us feeling more lonely and ashamed.  It’s the constant holy tension in life.

We long to be great.  We are made for greatness.  We are also capable of foul play.

How do we reconcile this great and terrible fire?  God has made us and we are most at home with God.  It may not seem like an answer that pleases you and I.  But it might just be why Jesus keeps telling his band of followers to make their home (remain in me) with Him.

Go be great today.  Just remember that ultimately your greatness is rooted in the God who made you.

Forgiveness Friendships

The best thing to do when you realize you’ve made a mistake is say “I’m sorry” and work to make amends. Sometimes it takes a trusted friend to point out the error.

Make friends that will point out errors, and who are willing to sort it out with you as well.

Gentleness and humility create the space for deep living and transformation.

Late Blooming

Late blooming:  a misperception that I’m late to the game.  A thought that I’m learning late or producing late in life.

The point is to keep planting, pruning, tilling the ground, watering the seeds.

You can be a 40 year old drummer and be reaping the harvest of prior playing years, and  just now reaping the harvest.  Bloom!  (the new boom…or not!)

Inspired Effort and True Selves

We don’t ever stop discovering our true selves.  At least we shouldn’t stop the discovery process.  The premise is that as we keep working at life/work/goals, we are discovering new insights about ourselves that are helping us to be more at home with ourselves and in this world.

We don’t want to see a copycat you.  We want to see someone who has wrestled with life to discover their true hiddenness of goodness.

Much of life seems to be a mutual participation with inspired effort and gracious waiting.  We are not to be passive people who just “wait” for something to happen. We have an inner power of consent, to give ourselves over to the process and journey of discovering the true self.

We keep chipping away at the sculpture and discover more details about ourselves.  These insights help us to determine how we spend our time and resources, and what to focus on.  

We keep getting closer and closer to what our gifts and talents are, and how best to use them in the world.  We keep getting closer to insights about what we truly long for (I love music collaboration and creation with others…it’s a great feeling to create something with others).  

So what do you want?  What do you really want?  I bet you it’s not really a new car or house.  It might be nice to have those things. What we really want is buried deep within.  Get a shovel and start digging. The true self is waiting to be found.



Season 1, Episode 2: Fearful Questions and Deep Longings

What if we are asking the wrong questions that are based on worry and fear?  We feel threatened, powerless, or in some form of danger.  Our imagination is seeking questions to make sense of what is happening.  Some questions are helpful to name what is happening.  Others are intrusive, beguiling, or depressing.

Fearful Questions and Deep Longings

“Which questions guide our lives?”

For some, much of what may drive their lives are “what if” questions.  Not deliberately thinking about the questions.  Just letting the questions guide them.

“What if my coworkers don’t like me”
“What if I’m not good enough”
“What if something happens to my kids”
“What if I don’t make my numbers this month”

“What if I don’t save enough money for retirement”
“What if I’m not raising my kids well”
“What if my spouse cheats on me”
“What if my boss fires me”

What if we are asking the wrong questions that are based on worry and fear?  We feel threatened, powerless, or in some form of danger.  Our imagination is seeking questions to make sense of what is happening.  Some questions are helpful to name what is happening.  Others are intrusive, beguiling, or depressing.

Fear is an optic of danger, threat, or a loss of power.  Moved by fear, we become survivalists and sometimes do things we really didn’t want to do.

Are these questions raising important issues?  Of course.  They make up the material of our lives.  But are they really helping us to live well and good?

Which questions guide our lives into courage and enduring power?

And when we have questions, how does God respond?  “Do not be afraid…I’m with you”

There is a question that Jesus asks in the Gospels.  “What do you want me to do for you?”  Another variation is “What do you want?”

When I move past the worry/fear questions (I picture these questions as the stuff on top of a river, floating there) and “go deep”, the question of want and desire are the ones I’m really seeking.

“How can I be a good coworker?”
“I want to be a good person in this world.  How do I go about doing that?”
“I want to be a loving parent.  How will I do that today?”
“I want to be a faithful partner and create a loving relationship.  What must I do?”

Flip the script on the worry/fear questions and think about your deepest longings which God is inviting you into.